An inaugural ball for selected journalists and a speech by the American Vice President Al Gore opened the world's first news museum last weekend. Called "The Newseum," it's located in Arlington, a suburb of Washington, D.C. The Newseum is supposed to give Americans a view behind the scenes of journalism. The 50-million-dollar project, which was financed by the founder of the daily newspaper "USA Today," has drawn criticism from media experts since it was first presented. Detractors dismiss the Newseum as showy and self-serving. Last weekend, the public could, for the first time, make up their own minds. Georg Hirsch was among the premiere guests.

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